WRT’s clergy, professional staff and lay leaders collaborated as part of the Teen Task Force to revisit and reinvigorate all WRTeen programming and opportunities on our campus and beyond. We are excited to announce several changes and additions to the 10th Grade program for the 2023-2024 year.
Confirmation is one of the most meaningful experiences we offer to teens at WRT. Our dynamic calendar of social action, relationship-building, and deep conversations with our clergy helps our teens to crystallize their Jewish identity, to cultivate a sense of responsibility for others, and to connect with one another and with the Jewish people.
- Classroom Conversations with the Clergy
Join your classmates and our clergy for deep conversations on Judaism’s place in your life and our world. Topics might include: theology (what you believe about God), ethics (your place in the world), Jewish identity (the role of Judaism in your life), and other important issues that we’ll uncover together as a group.
- Immersive Travel Experiences
In the fall, we’ll travel together to Eisner Camp for a weekend of group bonding. In the winter/spring, we’ll travel together to Washington DC, where we’ll learn about how government works, and lobby our Senators and Representatives on issues that matter to you. The RAC Trip in March to Washington, D.C., a program with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), where students experience mobilizing around federal, state, and local legislation and meet with congregational leaders.
- Social Action
During monthly social action projects, we will make an impact on our world through a variety of avenues — including marching in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, serving at the HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen, hosting a Chanukah Party for the differently abled, and more.
- Crafting and Leading the Confirmation Service
To help our community celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, our Confirmation students will craft and lead a service entirely of their own creation — utilizing their unique skills, interests, and voices.
Wednesdays 7:00pm – 8:15pm PLUS travel opportunities (to be announced).
For a sample schedule of the year, click here.
In addition to our Confirmation Track, the WRTeen Passport has multiple avenues of engagement for every type of teen. Students can choose to commit to Confirmation and/or engage in a myriad of other learning experiences.
- Social Action
Monthly social action opportunities (mostly on Sundays) will allow for
programming with our WRT community and community partners, such as J-Teen, BBYO and more. Programming will be both on and off the WRT campus.
- Expanded Madrichim Program
Our wonderful Madrichim (student leaders) program offers multiple points of entry, from weekly teaching opportunities to monthly mentoring, and dreaming up new ways to share your talents with others. Madrichim also meet once a month to share and learn together!
- BBYO Partnership
Hudson Valley Region BBYO provides exciting opportunities for Jewish teens to connect with one another, make a difference, celebrate their Jewish heritage, and travel the world together.Teens gather every other week on our WRT campus to take part in teen-created and teen-led programming. More information can be found at https://bbyo.org/bbyo-near-you/regions/hudson-valley-region.
- Pop-Up Initiatives
Watch for assorted Pop-Up Initiatives, such as Taco Tuesday and Saturday Night Cinema with the Clergy and JLL Team. Watch for more more this fall!